If you’re not planning to have a baby shower, or you’re on baby #2, #3 or beyond, you might decide against creating a baby registry. Your reasons are varied: it’s a waste of time, I already have everything I need, I don’t want people to feel obligated to buy the baby things, etc. All of those reasons are invalid, and here’s why:
Creating a baby registry will keep you organized. Even if you think you have “everything”, chances are you don’t. There are things every baby needs like diapers, wipes, free & clear laundry detergent, pacifiers, a new mattress, etc. that can’t be shared with from child to child. If this isn’t your first baby, there are also things you probably didn’t keep or didn’t store well from last time. These things will need to be replaced. Also, you need things! Lotion, nursing pads, nipple balm, breast pump parts, etc. Although these things are not super fun to buy, having a registry will remind you of what you still need to pick up before/after your baby arrives.
Making and maintaining a baby registry can serve as a handy distraction during times of boredom and baby worrying. Up late at night with pregnancy insomnia? Look at your baby registry as your own personal Pinterest and dream away.
Obviously, people create registries to tell others what the want/need. Although you might have decided against a registry because you don’t want people buying you or the new baby things, the fact is pregnant ladies and new babies make people happy and that happiness converts to buying you useless things. Trust me, you’re better off giving people direction. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of junk you don’t need and return errands you don’t have time to run.
At most stores, if you create a registry, the store will give you a goodie bag filled with samples and coupons for baby products. You don’t just want this bag: you need it.
5. Fulfillment Coupon
Didn’t get everything (or anything) from your registry? That’s okay. About a month before your due date, almost every place with a baby registry will send you a coupon ranging from 10-15% off your entire purchase to buy remaining registry items. Who doesn’t want to save that much money on things you’ll need?
Verdict: make a baby registry. For your own sanity – not for others – and receive benefits galore.
PS: Did you know that Amazon’s Baby Registry will let you add baby products from any Amazon store? Pretty cool, right? That means more savings for you, and, let’s face it, that’s fantastic in the mommy world.